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WARF challenges show need for patent reform

The recent out-of-state challenges, including one from California, to stem cell patents held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) lack merit and underscore the need for serious patent reform in the United States.

Specifically, the process of challenging patents, such as those held by WARF, needs streamlining. P......

Full article >>> essing the patent application. Two of the three recent challenges to the WARF stem cell patents are ex parte re-examination requests.

Less weighted on the side of the patent holder is the relatively new PTO inter partes challenge, or inter partes re-examination request, which allows greater participation by the challenging party. It is the basis of the challenge to a third WARF stem cell ......

Full article >>> erry dispute are settled out-of-court simply because it is cheaper and less risky than undertaking lengthy court litigation.

The solution to trolling is to require all patent applications to be published as quickly as six months after filing. While the trolls have been under attack, they still exist because current patent law allows U.S. patent applications to be filed but never made pub......

Full article >>> ions for the benefit of all by protecting the intellectual property of creative individuals and organizations and, thereby, catalyzing the free-enterprise system. The premise behind the system remains sound. The processes, however, require changes to ensure the benefits of invention are not delayed, missed altogether, or inadvertently infringed upon as the pace of invention and product introductio......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Grady Frenchick 10/10/06


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